Education

Board to examine Samohi project

SMMUSD HDQTRS — The Board of Education will get a crack at the scope of work proposed for a $56 million project meant to renovate or replace sports and cultural facilities on Santa Monica High School’s campus at its meeting tonight. As planned, the money will go to demolish an old gym facility and replace it with a larger... Read more →

Briefs

Santa Monica Red Cross to honor Betty White

It seems America can’t get enough of Betty White and the same goes for the American Red Cross of Santa Monica. The 88-year-old actress best known for her role as Rose on the “Golden Girls,” will be the recipient of the “Crystal Cross Award” for her contributions to animal welfare at the 2011 Santa Monica Red... Read more →

Education

SMC students facing fewer classes for summer 2011

SMC — Statewide budget uncertainty is taking its toll at Santa Monica College, which will only allow students to pre-enroll for one class for the summer session in an attempt to serve the largest number of students possible. The school already enacted a similar policy for its winter session to cut back costs and maintain funding... Read more →

Environment

Reed Park junipers on the chopping block

REED PARK — Despite protests by environmental activists over the weekend, city workers will proceed today with plans to cut down 45 juniper trees at Christine Reed Park that were left out of a redesign approved by the City Council in 2008. The design came out of a series of community meetings and surveys held nearly four years... Read more →

Environment

Can Japan do without nuclear energy?

Dear EarthTalk: Were Japan to close all its nuclear plants following the recent damage and radiation leaks from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, what could its energy mix look like? Would it be able to provide all of its power in other ways? — Richard Miller, New York, NY Most experts agree that Japan would be hard pressed... Read more →

Briefs

Emeritus College awards scholarship

Santa Monica College’s Emeritus College for older adults is reaching out to young people — with money. Emeritus has awarded a $500 scholarship, from an anonymous donor, to Santa Monica High School senior Haley Hill for her contributions to Emeritus. The Bridges to the Future Scholarship Award will be given every year to a high... Read more →

Crime

Police open up about open container law

CITYWIDE — If you get your jollies sneaking sips out of Jim Beam bottles in public parks, your time is up. On April 12, the City Council will hear a second reading of a new ordinance that would prohibit people from carrying open alcoholic beverages on public property, which has Santa Monica Police Department officers breathing a sigh of... Read more →

Crime

Shoplifting, drugs and scissors keep cops on their toes

Crime Watch is a weekly series culled from reports provided by the Santa Monica Police Department. These are arrests only. All parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Sunday, March 27, at 12:07 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the Von’s market located on the 1300 block of Wilshire Boulevard... Read more →

Education

Youngsters make beautiful music at Disney

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Tuesday, 240 of Santa Monica Malibu Unified’s best elementary school musicians traveled to Anaheim to do what people their age only dream of — play at the Disneyland Resort. Of course, for these students, “playing” can be work, too. Members of the honor band, orchestra and choir — and nearly... Read more →

News

Duhamel run raises $150K for Japan

Film and television actor Josh Duhamel, joined by a number of celebrity friends, teamed up with the American Red Cross of Santa Monica to raise $150,000 for Japanese earthquake/tsunami relief at last Sunday’s “Youth Run 4 Japan” fundraiser on Santa Monica Beach. According to the Santa Monica Fire Department, an estimated... Read more →

News

Bronzed babes strike a pose at Muscle Beach

Long before there was an Arnold Schwarzenegger or the famed Muscle Beach in Venice, there was another Muscle Beach that began its storied journey in the 1930s, in Santa Monica, just steps from the Santa Monica Pier. Known for being the “birthplace of the physical fitness boom for the 20th century,” it is also credited for... Read more →

News

Injured woman receives $85K for injuries

MOOMAT AHIKO WAY — City Hall awarded $85,000 to a woman injured when a utility hole cover collapsed underneath her while walking on a public sidewalk here. On July 5, 2009, Meredith Trachtman was walking along Moomat Ahiko Way behind The Lobster Restaurant at approximately 8:30 p.m. She stepped on a utility cover, owned by Southern... Read more →

News

Price increases will be no April Fools

CITYWIDE — Santa Monicans will see an increase in their bills for everything from clothing to durable goods beginning Friday when the half-cent sales tax increase passed in November takes effect. The additional tax will be applied to the total amount paid for most items, with some exclusions for cars and delivered goods, and bring the... Read more →

Airport

SMO complaint system unveiled

SMO — Santa Monica Airport officials this week unveiled an online tracking system that will allow people to report the noise issues or improper flight patterns of any airplane flying into or out of SMO. The system, called Webtrak, shows a color-coded airplane symbol set against a zoomed out map of the surrounding area. Similar... Read more →

Crime

Man pleads not guilty in torture case

AIRPORT COURTHOUSE — A Santa Monica man is being held on $1 million bail after pleading not guilty Monday to charges that he tortured a mentally handicapped man and held him against his will for at least six months. Francisco Gerardo Rodriguez, 25, is facing one count of torture, one count of mayhem and one count of assault with a... Read more →